(L/G 209 – Act 1, Act
2 Scene 1 - L/G 210 – Act2 Scene 2, Act 3)
“Toscanini's 1946 Broadcast of La Traviata”
Verdi had probably read Alexandre Dumas fils's semi-autobiographical novel La dame aux Camelliasnovel some time before he and Giuseppina Strepponi had visited Paris and attended a performance of the play based on it. After seeing the play and returning to Italy, he was already setting up an ideal operatic cast for it in his mind and immediately set to work on Trovatore for the January 1853 premiere in Rome, but at the same time seemed to have ideas for the music for Traviata in his head.
Toscaniniâs NBC radio performance of La Traviata, done over two Sunday afternoons, December 1 and 8, 1946: The cast for this radio production: